Influenza is unpredictable. While flu spreads every year, the timing, severity, and length of the season varies from one season to another.
William Beaumont Army Medical Center begins it's influenza campaign when vaccines are available. This happens usually during the month of October, when new vaccines are obtained for all TRICARE beneficiaries, WBAMC staff and employees. The influenza campaign is over when 100% of hospital staff are vaccinated, 100% of Fort Bliss active duty service members are vaccinated, and all family members and remaining TRICARE beneficiaries receive the vaccine upon request and availability.
Flu Campaign Information:
All TRICARE beneficiaries, aged 6 and up, can attend one of the many open-to-the-public events to be held at Fort Bliss Freedom Crossing. Please be sure to bring your military ID.
2021 Flu Drive Dates at Freedom Crossing:
Tuesday, Oct. 26 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 28 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 1 – 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 5 – 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 7 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 20 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 24 – 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 4 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 11 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Active Duty Service Members:
Active duty and Guard/Reserve members are required to get the flu vaccine.
ADSM’s will have unit flu vaccine drives where commanders can ensure the health and readiness of their troops. If you are active-duty, please see your chain of command for this information. Units wishing to do an organizational flu drive, please contact Army Public Health at 915-742-1343.
When you get a flu vaccine from a network-approved pharmacy, follow your Service policy guidance for recording the vaccine in your shot record. You'll need the following information:
- Date the vaccine was given
- Vaccine name or code
- Manufacturer name or number
- Lot number
Active Duty Family Members:
Family members of ADSMs can contact their assigned clinic or primary care clinic by calling the appointment line (915-742-2273) to set up a flu vaccination appointment. Please follow the COVID-19 guidelines given by your clinic when arriving for your appointment. Due to COVID-19, walk-ins are not allowed at this time.
Retirees and Veterans can receive the flu vaccine through the El Paso Veterans clinic, their primary care clinic, or through an approved TRICARE network pharmacy.
Other Options for Getting the Flu Vaccine
If you’re unable to get the flu vaccine on Fort Bliss, you can visit any participating network pharmacy or TRICARE-authorized (civilian) provider. Visit www.tricare.mil/flu to learn more.